When Earth is invaded by telepathic aliens, humanity responds by creating the defenders. They are the perfect warriors--seventeen feet tall, knowing and loving nothing but war, their minds closed to the aliens. The question is, what do you do with millions of genetically-engineered warriors once the war is won?
A novel of power, alliances, violence, redemption, sacrifice, and yearning for connection, DEFENDERS presents a revolutionary story of invasion, occupation, and resistance.
I don't have to pluck. Your minds are all laid out in front of me.
The door was locked. The room was comfortable, replete with a well-stocked kitchen and an entertainment system that was so up-to-date it contained movies yet to be released. But the door was locked.
You're considered a risk. They don't know the extent of my power to influence you.
Oliver turned in his rotating chair to face Five, whose accommodations were less plush. Behind the carbon alloy mesh that separated them, Five's room was empty except for a water dispensation device that resembled a giant hamster lick. Five was lying flat, his appendages splayed like the spokes of an elephant-sized wheel. His skin had a stony, mottled texture, and there were bristles protruding at evenly spaced intervals across it. The cilia protruding from the tips were as thick as nautical rope, and transparent.
"Because you were able to win over a thirteen-year-old boy, they think you might be able to convince me that I'm fighting on the wrong side? That's absurd."
But they don't know that, Five said. They think you've become too familiar with me. Too friendly.
Author: Will McINTOSH
Genre: Science Fiction
Organized by: The Muses Circle
Release Date: 13th May 2014
Will McIntosh is a Hugo Award -winning science fiction author. He has published dozens of short stories in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Interzone. His stories are also frequently reprinted in different "Year's Best" anthologies.
McIntosh's first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, a Locus Award, and the Compton Crook award. His latest novel, Love Minus Eighty, was named the best SF novel of the year by the American Library Association, and was on both Io9.com and NPR.org's list of the best books of 2013. Will was a psychology professor for twenty-two years before turning to writing full time. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is the father of twins.
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